New Faculty: Aaron Strong
The College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture brought a wealth of experience and expertise to its community when it welcomed new faculty this fall. Over the next few months we will feature a new faculty member every Monday and Wednesday to help you get acquainted with these new members of our community.
Please join us in welcoming Aaron Strong to the School of Marine Sciences!
Assistant Professor of Marine Policy
PhD in Environment and Resources, Stanford University 2016
I am focused on climate change policy and water quality management strategies in the coastal zone.
I consider myself a sustainability scientist who works at the interface of science and policy to work with communities, stakeholders and managers to develop solutions to environmental problems. As a double-major in political science and biology from Swarthmore College, I have long refused to choose between disciplinary perspectives. What first motivated me to focus on these challenges? It was during high school when I realized that I liked the messy challenges of working on human impacts on the environment. I realized that ecology and science don’t always dictate what people choose to do, and that there are a lot of competing values when it comes to environmental management.
UMaine has an incredibly unique community of interdisciplinary scientists and social scientists who are dedicated to addressing sustainability challenges and that was a huge attraction for me. The other attraction is that this is my home state; I grew up in Lewiston!
I am so excited to get to know the students at UMaine, both the students taking my classes and the graduate students who will be working with me in my research group.